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CLEP Analyzing And Interpreting Literature

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1. A Greek term first used by Aristotle to describe the emotional cleansing or purification that results after watching a tragedy performed on stage.

2. Then narrator is a character in the story and tells the reader his/her story using the pronoun 'I'.

3. A metrical foot with two unstressed syllables.

4. A figure of speech in which two things are compared using 'like' or 'as'.

5. A moment of insightfulness when a character realizes some truth.

6. A figure of speech in which a closely related term is substituted for an object or idea.

7. As the conflict(s) develop and the characters attempt to revolve those conflicts - suspense builds.

8. A love lyric in which the speaker complains about the arrival of the dawn - when he must part from his lover.

9. A figure of speech in which an abstract concept or an absent or imaginary person is directly addressed.

10. A form of language in which writers and speakers mean exactly what their words denote.

11. A customary feature of a literary work - such as the use of a chorus in Greek tragedy - the inclusion of an explicit moral in a fable - or the use of a particular rhyme scheme in a villanelle.

12. The feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader.

13. The voice an actor takes on to tell the story in a particular work.

14. The vantage point from which the writer tells the story.

15. A stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones.

16. The selection of words in a literary work.

17. A word that closely resembles the sound that the word is supposed to make.

18. A lyrical poem that laments the dead.

19. The time and place of a story or play.

20. A metrical unit composed of stressed an unstressed syllables.

21. A comparison between essentially unlike things without an explicitly comparative word such as 'like' or 'as'.

22. A symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning.

23. A struggle or clash between opposing characters - forces - or emotions.

24. A figure of speech in which a part of something represents its whole.

25. Words and phrases that vividly recreate a sound - sight - smell - touch - or taste for the reader by appealing to the senses.

26. The narrator is outside of the story and tells the story from the perspective of only one character.

27. The organizational form of a literary work.

28. A poem of thirty-nine lines and written in iambic pentameter.

29. A comparison between two things that share certain similarities.

30. A character struggles against some outside force.

31. A figure of speech in which two opposing ideas are combined.

32. The first stage of a functional or dramatic plot - in which necessary background information is provided.

33. A figure of speech involving exaggeration.

34. A pair of rhymed lines that may or may not constitute a seperate stanza in a poem.

35. The person who 'tells' the story.

36. A brief witty poem - often satirical.

37. The difference between what a character expects and what the reader knows will happen.

38. A technique designed to enact social change by using wit to rificule ideas - customs or institutions.

39. A six-line unit of verse constituting a stanza or section of a poem.

40. A recurring pattern found in a work or works of literature; the pattern is usually representative of something else.

41. A humorous moment in a serious drama that temporarily relieves the mounting tension.

42. A run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next.

43. A strong pause within a line.

44. Poetic meters such as trochaic and oactylic that move or fall from a stressed to an unstressed syllable.

45. The matching of final vowel or consonant sounds in two or more words.

46. The resolution of the plot of a literarture work.

47. The implied attitude of a writer toward the subject and acharacters of a work.

48. A story passed down over the generations that was once believed to be true.

49. A division or unit of a poem that is repeated in the same form - - either with similar or identical patterns or rhyme and meter - or with variations from one stanza to another.

50. The point at which the action of the plot turns in an unexpected direction for the protagonist.